Connect public, paid and private patent data with Google Patents Public Datasets

Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller

Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US9004977B2
US9004977B2 US12850453 US85045310A US9004977B2 US 9004977 B2 US9004977 B2 US 9004977B2 US 12850453 US12850453 US 12850453 US 85045310 A US85045310 A US 85045310A US 9004977 B2 US9004977 B2 US 9004977B2
Authority
US
Grant status
Grant
Patent type
Prior art keywords
user
transmit
controller
interface
device
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Active, expires
Application number
US12850453
Other versions
US20110275274A1 (en )
Inventor
Gary M. DeWitt
Brad Shirley
Chris S. Russell
Larry Defauw
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Traxxas LP
Original Assignee
Traxxas LP
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Grant date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H30/00Remote-control arrangements specially adapted for toys, e.g. for toy vehicles
    • A63H30/02Electrical arrangements
    • A63H30/04Electrical arrangements using wireless transmission

Abstract

In an embodiment, a transmit controller compatible with an auxiliary user interface device is provided. The transmit controller has a memory with operational parameters, a control user interface, an auxiliary user interface connector, and a transmit controller processor. The transmit controller processor is configured to transmit the operational parameters to the auxiliary user interface device and modify the operational parameters in accordance with a parameter instruction from the auxiliary user interface device. The transmit controller processor is further configured to receive a control instruction from the control user interface, determine an output signal based on the control instruction and the one or more operational parameters, and transmit the output signal to the model vehicle.

Description

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application relates to, and claims the benefit of the filing date of, co-pending U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/331,745 entitled AUXILIARY USER INTERFACE FOR A MODEL VEHICLE, filed May 5, 2010. The entire contents of application Ser. No. 61/331,745 are incorporated herein by reference for all purposes.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to model vehicle transmit controllers and, more particularly, to user interfaces for model vehicle transmit controllers.

BACKGROUND

A radio control model vehicle, such as a radio control automobile, boat, or airplane, may be controlled remotely by a transmit controller. A transmit controller is often an exclusively hardware device with an exclusively hardware built-in user interface. In a transmit controller, all user input may be received through mechanical hardware components such as knobs, dials, wheels, and switches. Output to the user might be provided solely through labeled positions of the hardware components and a few LED's.

The built-in user interface of a transmit controller may be separated into two parts: a control user interface and a parameter user interface. The control user interface directly controls the movement of the model vehicle. For example, in a typical model automobile, the control user interface includes a steering wheel and a throttle trigger. When the user turns the steering wheel, the wheels of the vehicle may move accordingly. When the user displaces the trigger toward the grip, the vehicle may accelerate, and when the user displaces the trigger away from the grip, the vehicle may brake.

The parameter user interface allows a user to set operational parameters which indirectly control the operation of the vehicle. These parameters may be stored a memory of the transmit controller. The parameters may affect how the transmit controller translates input from the control user interface into output to the model vehicle. The transmit controller can be said to “determine” an output signal to the model vehicle based on the parameters and the input to the control user interface. In other words, the parameters may determine whether or not the transmit controller modifies a control instruction from the control user interface and, if the control instruction is modified, the parameters may determine how the control instruction is modified.

For example, some model vehicles have reversed steering servos, meaning the vehicle will turn left when the transmit controller directs it to turn right, and turn right when the transmit controller directs it to turn left. Accordingly, a user intending to turn the vehicle to the right will observe the vehicle turn to the left, and vice versa. To address this issue, a transmit controller may have a servo reversing parameter stored in memory. If the servo reversing parameter is set to off, the transmit controller may transmit signals normally. If the servo reversing parameter is set to on, the transmit controller may reverse the left/right instructions transmitted to the vehicle, compensating for the vehicle's the reversed steering servo. Accordingly, a user instruction to turn the vehicle to the left will cause the transmit controller to instruct the vehicle to turn to the right, which because of the reversed steering servo will cause the vehicle to turn to the left. Likewise, a user instruction to turn the vehicle to the right will cause the transmit controller to instruct the vehicle to turn to the left, which because of the reversed steering servo will cause the vehicle to turn to the right.

For binary parameters such as servo reversing, a built-in switch in the transmit controller may be acceptable. However, with more complex parameters, typical hardware user interface components may be unwieldy. For instance, an acceleration curve parameter may determine how much the transmit controller will instruct the model vehicle to accelerate in response to varying amounts of movement of the throttle trigger. To specify an acceleration curve, with only dials, switches, and so on can be difficult for most users. In addition, if the user cannot graphically view the acceleration curve the user may have no way to determine if the user has set the acceleration curve correctly.

Typical hardware user interface components may also have limited capability to provide feedback to the user. Informing a user of vehicle speed, battery voltage, engine RPM, and so on with only labels and a few LED's can be difficult. A transmit controller with a built-in graphical user interface could provide a user with a more advanced user interface. However, producing such a transmit controller may be cost-prohibitive. The addition of a graphical display and versatile user controls would require additional components that would add significantly to the cost of the transmit controller. In addition, powering these components would significantly reduce the transmit controller's battery life.

Thus, a need exists for the addition of a better user interface to a transmit controller without the extensive addition of components to the transmit controller.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

In an embodiment, a transmit controller compatible with an auxiliary user interface device is provided. The transmit controller has a memory with operational parameters, a control user interface, an auxiliary user interface connector, and a transmit controller processor. The transmit controller processor is configured to transmit the operational parameters to the auxiliary user interface device and modify the operational parameters in accordance with a parameter instruction from the auxiliary user interface device. The transmit controller processor is further configured to receive a control instruction from the control user interface, determine an output signal based on the control instruction and the one or more operational parameters, and transmit the output signal to the model vehicle.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

For a more complete understanding of the present invention and the advantages thereof, reference is now made to the following Detailed Description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 depicts a combination of a portable electronic device, transmit controller, and receiver in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2A depicts, to scale, a rear right perspective view of an exemplary portable electronic device exploded from an exemplary transmit controller;

FIG. 2B depicts, to scale, a rear right perspective view of an exemplary portable electronic device attached to an exemplary transmit controller;

FIG. 2C depicts, to scale, a front left perspective view of an exemplary portable electronic device attached to an exemplary transmit controller;

FIG. 2D depicts, to scale, an overhead view of an exemplary portable electronic device attached to an exemplary transmit controller;

FIG. 2E depicts, to scale, a front view of an exemplary portable electronic device attached to an exemplary transmit controller;

FIG. 2F depicts, to scale, a right side view of an exemplary portable electronic device attached to an exemplary transmit controller;

FIG. 2G depicts, to scale, a left side view of an exemplary portable electronic device attached to an exemplary transmit controller;

FIG. 3 depicts an exemplary portable electronic device user interface displaying telemetry data in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 4 depicts an exemplary portable electronic device user interface displaying sliders for modifying parameter settings in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 depicts an exemplary portable electronic device user interface displaying a curve which the user may edit in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 6A and 6B depict exemplary methods of operating with an auxiliary user interface device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

In the following discussion, numerous specific details are set forth to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. However, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the present invention may be practiced without such specific details. In other instances, well-known elements have been illustrated in schematic or block diagram form in order not to obscure the present invention in unnecessary detail. Additionally, for the most part, specific details, and the like have been omitted inasmuch as such details are not considered necessary to obtain a complete understanding of the present invention, and are considered to be within the understanding of persons of ordinary skill in the relevant art.

In accordance with the present invention, a transmit controller may have the capability to communicate with a portable electronic device. The transmit controller may function alone, without the portable electronic device, and provide a basic, built-in non-graphical parameter user interface. To provide an expanded parameter user interface, a portable electronic device may be connected to the transmit controller and serve as an auxiliary user interface. The portable electronic device may be attached to the transmit controller where the user may interact with the portable electronic device while using the transmit controller.

Portable electronic devices may be devices such as mobile smart phones, personal digital assistants, and digital music players. These devices are commonly available and commonly programmable. By using a portable electronic device, the transmit controller may present a graphical user interface with only the hardware necessary to communicate with the portable electronic device, rather than a built-in LCD display, touch screen, audio output, and so on. A user who owns a transmit controller and a portable electronic device may save the expense of additional hardware components in the transmit controller by utilizing the hardware components available in the portable electronic device.

Many portable electronic devices are capable of providing rich graphical user interfaces comparable to the graphical user interfaces of personal computers. For input, these devices may have a touch screen or keyboard. These devices may have high-resolution displays with the same range of colors as a personal computer monitor. These devices are often usable as music players and consequently may be capable of producing high-quality audio output. Some devices may have vibration capabilities.

Many portable electronic devices also have an external interface for communication with an external device. The external device is often a personal computer. Through the external interface, the portable electronic device may communicate with the personal computer and vice versa. In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a portable electronic device communicates with a model vehicle transmit controller using the external interface, allowing the portable electronic device to function as an auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller.

With reference to FIG. 1, depicted is a combination 100 of a portable electronic device 102, transmit controller 104, and receiver 106 in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention. The transmit controller 104 and receiver 106 may be in radio communication through radio link 108 as is known in the art. Despite their names, both transmit controller 104 and receiver 106 may be capable of both transmitting and receiving radio communications. Thus, transmit controller 104 and receiver 106 may each be called a “transceiver,” but to distinguish between the two devices the terms “transmit controller” and “receiver” will be used herein.

The portable electronic device 102 may be a smart phone or digital music player. Exemplary portable electronic devices are the iPhone and iPod Touch produced by Apple Inc. Both of these exemplary portable electronic devices may accept user input via a touch screen. Portable electronic device 102 may be connected to transmit controller 104 through external interface 102A of portable electronic device 102. External interface 102A may be a conventional hardware interface of portable electronic device 102, such as the connection used by portable electronic device 102 to communicate with a personal computer.

Transmit controller 104 may have a dock for storing portable electronic device 102, so that the user may more easily concurrently operate both devices. A typical portable electronic device 102 may be physically smaller in volume, or at least not substantially larger in volume, than a typical transmit controller 104. The reason is that a user may be expected to operate portable electronic device 102 while simultaneously controlling a vehicle with transmit controller 104. If transmit controller 104 is designed to be held with both hands, a substantially larger portable electronic device 102 may be difficult for the user to work with.

Portable electronic device 102 may execute a software application for communication with transmit controller 104. The software application may be provided to portable electronic device 102 through an Internet download. Internet download is a common software application delivery method for many portable electronic devices.

Transmit controller 104 may have processor 104A. Processor 104A may determine what output signal is transmitted to receiver 106 over radio link 108. The output signal may be determined from user input from control user interface 104B and one or more parameters stored in memory 104C. Control user interface 104B may be components of transmit controller 104 which permit a user to directly control the operations of a model vehicle. These components may include a steering wheel and throttle trigger. Once processor 104A determines the output signal that should be transmitted, it may send the signal through a radio frequency module.

Transmit controller 104 may connect to external interface 102A of portable electronic device 102 through auxiliary user interface connector 104E. The connection between external interface 102A and auxiliary user interface connector 104E may be wired or wireless, and a wired connection may be through direct contact or through a cable between the two devices. In some embodiments, auxiliary user interface connector 104E may include a cable, with one end of the cable permanently attached to transmit controller 104.

A wireless connection between external interface 102A and auxiliary user interface connector 104E may be a Bluetooth connection. The wireless connection between external interface 102A and auxiliary user interface connector 104E may also be a wireless local area network connection using a standard such as IEEE 802.11, also known as Wi-Fi. External interface 102A and auxiliary user interface connector 104E may include Bluetooth or 802.11 transceivers. Portable electronic device 102 may be a mobile smart phone, and many mobile smart phones include Bluetooth and 802.11 transmitters. Auxiliary user interface 104E may utilize a Bluetooth or 802.11 transceiver built into transmit controller 104 or an external dongle with a Bluetooth or 802.11 transceiver.

One advantage of using a wireless connection between external interface 102A and auxiliary user interface connector 104E is that a single transmit controller 104 may easily support different types of portable electronic devices 102. Different portable electronic device manufacturers may use different physical connections for their portable electronic devices. Accordingly, transmit controller 104 may be require a separate external interface 102A for each type of portable electronic device. In contrast, a wireless standard such as Bluetooth or 802.11 may typically be supported by a variety of devices.

Another advantage of using a wireless connection between external interface 102A and auxiliary user interface connector 104E is that the wireless connection permits portable electronic device 102 to be separated from transmit controller 104. A user's pit man, for example, could use portable electronic device 102 while the user continues to operate the vehicle with transmit controller 104. Further, if a wireless local area network connection such as IEEE 802.11 is used, multiple portable electronic devices 102 may be in communication with a single transmit controller 104 at the same time. Therefore, a user and the user's pit man may each have a functioning portable electronic device 102 while the user is controlling the vehicle with transmit controller 104.

When portable electronic device 102 is not connected, the user may modify the parameters in memory 104C through parameter user interface 104D. Parameter interface 104D may allow the user to modify basic parameters such as servo reversing, steering sensitivity, and throttle sensitivity. These basic parameters may be sufficient for the user to operate the model vehicle, but may be limited by the input and output capabilities of parameter interface 104D.

When the user connects portable electronic device 102 to auxiliary user interface connector 104E, portable electronic device 102 may provide the user with a graphical user interface permitting the user to gain access to additional parameters and additional feedback. The graphical user interface may also provide the user with access to the same parameters and feedback available through transmit controller 104 alone. Parameter user interface 104D may become inoperable when portable electronic device 102 is connected.

To display a parameter, auxiliary user interface device 102 may request the parameter from processor 104A. In response to the request, processor 104A may transmit the parameter from memory 104C to portable electronic device 102.

When the user chooses to modify a parameter using portable electronic device 102, portable electronic device 102 transmits a parameter instruction to transmit controller 104. The parameter instruction instructs processor 104A to modify the parameter in memory 104C according to the user's input.

Portable electronic device 102 may transmit signals to and receive signals from the vehicle through transmit controller 104. Through the graphical user interface provided by portable electronic device 102, the user may set the various parameters stored in memory 104C. The user may set be able to set the parameters in memory 104C while operating a model vehicle, while not operating a model vehicle, or both.

Telemetry sensors 112 may be mounted on the model vehicle. Telemetry data captured by telemetry sensors 112 may be provided to receiver 106, which may transmit the data to transmit controller 104 over radio link 108. The telemetry data may include data such as motor temperature, motor RPM, speed, battery voltage, and fuel level. Transmit controller 104 may then provide the data to portable electronic device 102, if it is attached. Telemetry data may be provided to the user through built-in components of transmit controller 104, but the inclusion of portable electronic device 102 can greatly improve the presentation of the telemetry data to the user. For example, in addition to using its graphical display, portable electronic device 102 may provide feedback to the user through its audio and vibration capabilities.

An exemplary parameter which takes advantage of the output capabilities of the auxiliary user interface is an accelerometer sensor in the model vehicle. The accelerometer sensor can be used to detect bumps, collisions, jumps, and landings of the model vehicle. The accelerometer sensor can provide the acceleration data to portable electronic device 102 through receiver 106, radio link 108, and transmit controller 104. Portable electronic device 102 may vibrate during periods of sudden changes in acceleration of the model vehicle, providing additional feedback to the user. Because the feedback is tactile, the user may receive the feedback even when the user is not looking at transmit controller 104 or portable electronic device 102.

Portable electronic device 102 may communicate with processor 104A of transmit controller 104. Portable electronic device 102 may transmit write commands to processor 104A, instructing processor 104A to modify the value of a particular parameter in the memory of transmit controller 104. Portable electronic device 102 may transmit read commands to processor 104A, instructing processor 104A to provide portable electronic device 102 with the value of a particular parameter in memory 104C or a particular telemetry value recorded by telemetry sensors 110. Portable electronic device 102 may also periodically transmit values to portable electronic device 102, eliminating the need for read commands.

With reference to FIGS. 2A-2G, depicted is a transmit controller 200 with an attached portable electronic device 202 providing an auxiliary user interface in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. Each of FIGS. 2A-2G is to scale, showing the relative proportions of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention. Transmit controller 200 includes steering wheel 204 and throttle trigger 206. Steering wheel 204 and throttle trigger 206, together with any other user input components on transmit controller 200, may make up the control user interface for transmit controller 200. Through the control user interface, a user may drive a model vehicle in radio communication with transmit controller 200. A user may normally drive the model vehicle using two hands, with a right hand operating steering wheel 204 and a left hand operating throttle trigger 206.

Transmit controller 200 has a base which supports steering wheel 204 and throttle trigger 206. As shown in FIG. 2A, a recess in the base forms a dock 208 having three walls which may hold portable electronic device 202 in place. Dock 208 has an auxiliary user interface connector 210 for connecting transmit controller 200 to external interface 212 of portable electronic device 202. As shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B, portable electronic device 202 may slide into dock 208, causing auxiliary user interface connector 210 to connect to external interface 212. In the embodiment of FIGS. 2A-2G, portable electronic device 202 connects directly into external interface 212. However, as described above, a cable or wireless connection could be used.

When connected, portable electronic device 202 may provide an auxiliary user interface for transmit controller 200. The auxiliary user interface may utilize a touch screen of portable electronic device 202 and provide additional input and output capabilities not available in the basic user interface of transmit controller 200. Dock 208 and auxiliary user interface connector 210 may be located where a user may easily see the screen of portable electronic device 202 while operating a model vehicle with steering wheel 204 and throttle control 206. The user may also operate the touch screen of portable electronic device 202 by moving the user's right hand from steering wheel 204 while continuing to grasp transmit controller 200 with the user's left hand.

With reference to FIG. 3, depicted is an exemplary portable electronic device user interface 300. Portable electronic device user interface 300 may have a high contrast color scheme, for better visibility in bright light. Portable electronic device user interface 300 includes panels 302, 304, 306, and 308. The user may specify the number, sizes, arrangement, and content of the panels displayed.

In user interface 300, panel 302 displays a lap timer, panel 304 displays a lap counter, panel 306 displays battery voltage, and panel 308 displays engine RPM. The size, number, arrangement, and content of the panels displayed by the user interface may be modified by the user. For instance, instead of the engine RPM shown in panel 308, the user might choose to display a second row of three panels to the right of the column having panels 302, 304, and 306. Some additional choices for content which may be displayed in a panel include motor temperature, vehicle speed, remaining laps, total elapsed time, and vehicle fuel level.

Notably, panel 308 includes a graphical display of an RPM dial. These graphical displays may be readily shown on the LCD display of a portable electronic device. However, showing such graphical displays on a transmit controller, which normally does not have a LCD display or equivalent, could require the inclusion of additional components, increasing the cost and complexity of the transmit controller.

With reference to FIG. 4, depicted is a second exemplary portable electronic device user interface 400. Portable electronic device interface 400 may allow a user to modify the parameter settings stored in the memory of an attached transmit controller. Shown four sliders 402, 404, 406, and 408 which permit the user to set various parameters.

The parameters which may be set through a portable electronic device may be in addition to, or may overlap, the parameters which may be set through the parameter user interface of the associated transmit controller. In an exemplary embodiment, the mechanism on the built-in parameter user interface of transmit controller 104 for setting various parameters may be a dial called the MF (MultiFunction) Dial. Through the MF Dial and associated hardware, the user may select and modify a parameter.

In portable electronic device interface 400, only one of the MF Dial and portable electronic device interface 400 may control a given parameter at a particular time. Slider 402, the slider for steering sensitivity, is shown as disabled because it is being controlled by the MF Dial. The user may be required to use the MF Dial, rather than slider 402, to modify the steering sensitivity.

The user may press MF Dial Enabled Button 412 to disable MF Dial control of any parameter. Upon the user pressing MF Dial Enabled Button 412, slider 402 may become enabled, because the steering sensitivity is no longer being controlled by the MF Dial. All sliders 402, 404, 406, and 408 may then be usable.

The user may cycle through which parameter is controlled by the MF Dial by pressing Select Function Button 414. If the user were to press Select Function Button 414, the parameter controlled by the MF Dial may change from steering sensitivity to ABS*. Accordingly, slider 402 may become enabled and slider 404 may become disabled.

MF Dial Icon 416 may serve as a visual reminder that buttons 412 and 414 are associated with the MF Dial. Graph 418 provides the user with a graphical display of the parameter controlled by the MF Dial.

Because a typical portable electronic device 102 may offer richer input and output functionality than a typical transmit controller 104, portable electronic device 102 may offer the user controls and feedback that would be impractical for transmit controller 104 alone to provide. With reference to FIG. 5, depicted is a user interface 500 for modifying a parameter which takes the form of a curve 502, such as an acceleration curve. Through user interface 500, a user may see the presently stored curve 502 and use a touch screen of portable electronic device 102 to modify it. The user may be able to visually place and drag points 504 on acceleration curve 502 with the touch screen. A similarly convenient user interface for modification of curve 502 may be difficult to achieve using only a transmit controller 104's built-in dials and LED's.

The present invention may provide improved input and output capabilities for a model vehicle transmit controller without significantly increasing the cost and complexity of the transmit controller. Instead, the transmit controller may have an auxiliary user interface connector, permitting a portable electronic device to serve as a detachable, auxiliary user interface for the model vehicle.

With reference to FIG. 6A, depicted is an exemplary method 600 of operating with an auxiliary user interface device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. At 602, a radio link may be created between a transmit controller and a model vehicle. At 604, at least one operational parameter may be stored in a memory of the transmit controller. At 606, an auxiliary user interface device may be connected to the transmit controller. This connecting may include connecting the auxiliary user interface to the transmit controller through a wireless connection. At 608, at least one operational parameter may be transmitted to the auxiliary user interface device. At 610, a parameter instruction may be received from the auxiliary user interface device. At 612, the at least one operational parameter may be modified in accordance with the parameter instruction. At 614, a control instruction may be received from a control user interface of the transmit controller. At 616, an output signal may be determined based on the control instruction and the at least one operational parameter. At 618, the output signal may be transmitted to the model vehicle through the radio link.

With reference to FIG. 6B, depicted are exemplary additional steps 620 and 622 which may be performed during method 600. At 620, a built-in parameter user interface of the transmit controller may be operated. At 622, the at least one operational parameter may be modified in accordance with the operation of the built-in parameter user interface.

Although the invention has been described with reference to a specific embodiment, these descriptions are not meant to be construed in a limiting sense. Various modifications of the disclosed embodiments, as well as alternative embodiments of the invention will become apparent to persons skilled in the art upon reference to the description of the invention. It is therefore contemplated that the claims will cover any such modifications or embodiments that fall within the true scope and spirit of the invention.

Claims (24)

The invention claimed is:
1. A transmit controller compatible with an auxiliary user interface device, the transmit controller comprising:
a memory comprising a plurality of operational parameters;
a control user interface for controlling a model vehicle;
an auxiliary user interface connector for connecting to the auxiliary user interface device; and
a transmit controller processor configured to:
receive a read command from the auxiliary user interface device, the read command instructing the transmit controller processor to provide to the auxiliary user interface device the value of a particular operational parameter in the memory;
in response to the write command, transmit the particular operational parameter to the auxiliary user interface device;
receive a write command from the auxiliary user interface device, the write command instructing the transmit controller processor to modify the value of the particular operational parameter in the memory;
in response to the write command, modify the value of the particular operational parameter in the memory;
receive a control instruction from the control user interface;
determine an output signal based on the control instruction and at least one of the plurality of operational parameters; and
transmit the output signal to the model vehicle.
2. The transmit controller of claim 1, further comprising a dock configured to secure the auxiliary user interface device to the transmit controller when the transmit controller is connected to the auxiliary user interface connector.
3. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the dock comprises a recess in a base of the transmit controller.
4. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the auxiliary user interface connector comprises a wireless transceiver.
5. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the control user interface controls the steering and throttle of the model vehicle.
6. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the one or more operational parameters comprises a servo reversing parameter.
7. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the one or more operational parameters comprises an acceleration curve.
8. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the transmit controller processor is configured to modify the one or more operational parameters in accordance with an instruction from the auxiliary user interface device while the transmit controller comprises a radio link to a model vehicle.
9. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the transmit controller processor is configured to modify the one or more operational parameters in accordance with an instruction from the auxiliary user interface device while the control user interface is operable to control the model vehicle.
10. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the transmit controller processor is further configured to:
receive a telemetry signal from the model vehicle; and
provide the telemetry signal to the auxiliary user interface device.
11. The transmit controller of claim 10, wherein the telemetry signal represents one of the group consisting of motor temperature, motor RPM, vehicle speed, battery voltage, and fuel level.
12. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the auxiliary user interface device comprises a portable electronic device.
13. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the auxiliary user interface device comprises a mobile phone.
14. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the auxiliary user interface device comprises a personal digital assistant.
15. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the auxiliary user interface device comprises a digital music player.
16. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the auxiliary user interface device has a smaller physical volume than the transmit controller.
17. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the processor is configured to determine the output signal at least by determining, based on the one or more operational parameters, whether to modify the control signal.
18. The transmit controller of claim 1, wherein the processor is configured to determine the output signal at least by determining, based on the one or more operational parameters, how to modify the control signal.
19. The transmit controller of claim 1, further comprising a built-in parameter user interface for modifying the one or more operational parameters.
20. The transmit controller of claim 19, wherein at least a portion of the built-in parameter user interface becomes inoperable when the auxiliary user interface device is connected to the auxiliary user interface connector.
21. A method of operating with an auxiliary user interface device comprising:
creating a radio link between a transmit controller and a model vehicle;
storing a plurality of operational parameters in a memory of the transmit controller;
connecting an auxiliary user interface device to the transmit controller;
receiving a read command from the auxiliary user interface device, the read command comprising an instruction to provide to the auxiliary user interface device the value of a particular operational parameter in the memory;
in response to the read command, transmitting the particular operational parameter to the auxiliary user interface device;
receiving a write command from the auxiliary user interface device, the write command comprising an instruction to modify the value of the particular operational parameter in the memory;
in response to the write command, modifying the value of the particular operational parameter in the memory;
receiving a control instruction from a control user interface of the transmit controller;
determining an output signal based on the control instruction and the at least one operational parameter; and
transmitting the output signal to the model vehicle through the radio link.
22. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
operating a built-in parameter user interface of the transmit controller; and
modifying the at least one operational parameter in accordance with the operation of the built-in parameter user interface.
23. The method of claim 21, wherein the connecting the auxiliary user interface device to the transmit controller comprises:
connecting the auxiliary user interface device to the transmit controller through a wireless connection.
24. The method of claim 21, wherein the modifying the at least one operational parameter in the memory of the transmit controller occurs during the radio link with the model vehicle.
US12850453 2010-05-05 2010-08-04 Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller Active 2030-09-09 US9004977B2 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US33174510 true 2010-05-05 2010-05-05
US12850453 US9004977B2 (en) 2010-05-05 2010-08-04 Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller

Applications Claiming Priority (6)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US12850453 US9004977B2 (en) 2010-05-05 2010-08-04 Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller
EP20110164210 EP2384796B1 (en) 2010-05-05 2011-04-28 Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller
JP2011102822A JP5944625B2 (en) 2010-05-05 2011-05-02 Auxiliary user interface for transmit controller
CA 2738946 CA2738946C (en) 2010-05-05 2011-05-02 Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller
KR20110042330A KR20110122792A (en) 2010-05-05 2011-05-04 Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller
CN 201110117142 CN102360184B (en) 2010-05-05 2011-05-05 Auxiliary user interface for transmit controller

Publications (2)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20110275274A1 true US20110275274A1 (en) 2011-11-10
US9004977B2 true US9004977B2 (en) 2015-04-14

Family

ID=44483949

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US12850453 Active 2030-09-09 US9004977B2 (en) 2010-05-05 2010-08-04 Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller

Country Status (6)

Country Link
US (1) US9004977B2 (en)
JP (1) JP5944625B2 (en)
KR (1) KR20110122792A (en)
CN (1) CN102360184B (en)
CA (1) CA2738946C (en)
EP (1) EP2384796B1 (en)

Cited By (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20140053094A1 (en) * 2012-08-17 2014-02-20 Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen Gmbh Electronic control and display unit
US20140053092A1 (en) * 2012-08-17 2014-02-20 Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen Gmbh Electronic control and display unit

Families Citing this family (15)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US9004977B2 (en) 2010-05-05 2015-04-14 Traxxas Lp Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller
US8972109B2 (en) * 2011-04-19 2015-03-03 Ford Global Technologies Rotatable driver interface for trailer backup assist
WO2013066892A1 (en) * 2011-10-31 2013-05-10 Traxxas Lp Multi-function electronic device-enabled transmit controller
US9808730B2 (en) 2011-10-31 2017-11-07 Traxxas Lp Multi-function electronic device-enabled transmit controller
US9333437B2 (en) 2011-10-31 2016-05-10 Traxxas Lp Modular transmit controller
US9062820B2 (en) 2011-10-31 2015-06-23 Traxxas Lp Holder mechanism for a multi-function electronic device
CN102621903B (en) * 2012-02-24 2014-01-08 深圳市迪瑞德科技有限公司 Electronic device capable of remotely controlling aircraft and remote control method
DE102012012462A1 (en) * 2012-06-21 2013-12-24 SJ Incorporated Remote control device for remote-controlled models
US8818571B1 (en) 2013-03-13 2014-08-26 HPI Racing & HB Steering control system for radio control vehicle and a radio controlled car comprising the same
JP6177590B2 (en) * 2013-05-30 2017-08-09 三和電子機器株式会社 Receiving apparatus of the model for transmission and reception system
CN103499931B (en) * 2013-10-17 2016-03-30 北京经纬恒润科技有限公司 Method and apparatus for a controller design
WO2015066084A1 (en) 2013-10-28 2015-05-07 Traxxas Lp Ground vehicle-link control for remote control aircraft
EP3002049A1 (en) * 2014-09-30 2016-04-06 Rovio Entertainment Ltd Remotely controllable vehicles
WO2016168859A1 (en) 2015-04-17 2016-10-20 Traxxas Lp Steering stabilizing system with automatic parameter download for a model vehicle
KR101656749B1 (en) * 2015-07-24 2016-09-13 주식회사 성진에어로 Water jet type propulsion apparatus and implement for playing in the water comprising the same

Citations (78)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5121863A (en) 1989-02-03 1992-06-16 Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd. Rack for telephone hand set
JPH0586759A (en) 1991-03-15 1993-04-06 Delco Electronics Corp Device for accessing a plurality of codes
JPH05106376A (en) 1991-10-17 1993-04-27 Nissan Motor Co Ltd Keyless entry system
US5438936A (en) 1993-11-19 1995-08-08 Wang; Chin-Yang Clamping table for automobiles
US5457745A (en) 1994-07-11 1995-10-10 Wang; Chin-Yang Adjustable mobile phone holder
US5555302A (en) 1995-07-18 1996-09-10 Wang; Chin-Yang Mobile telephone holder
US5787168A (en) 1997-02-12 1998-07-28 Lien; Wan-Yin Mobile telephone fastening with vibration function
US5788202A (en) 1996-05-28 1998-08-04 Richter; Herbert Support device for supporting objects
US5836563A (en) 1997-09-12 1998-11-17 Hsin-Yung; Tao Mobile phone holder
US5903645A (en) 1996-10-23 1999-05-11 Tsay; Wen-Feng Clamping device for mobile phones
US5937065A (en) 1997-04-07 1999-08-10 Eaton Corporation Keyless motor vehicle entry and ignition system
US6127941A (en) 1998-02-03 2000-10-03 Sony Corporation Remote control device with a graphical user interface
US6229891B1 (en) 1997-01-03 2001-05-08 E. Lead Electronic Co., Ltd. Universal handsfree set seat
US6293798B1 (en) * 1999-11-10 2001-09-25 Skyline Products System and method for an RC controller and software
US20010042631A1 (en) 1998-12-30 2001-11-22 Carrier David A. Dual-mode non-isolated corded system for transportable cordless power tools
JP2002345050A (en) 2001-05-15 2002-11-29 Funai Electric Co Ltd Remote controller
US20020187726A1 (en) 2001-06-06 2002-12-12 Konami Corporation Toy system
US20030148703A1 (en) 2001-05-03 2003-08-07 Xxap Design, Inc. Systems and methods for radio control and operation of a miniature toy vehicle including interchangeable bodies
US6658328B1 (en) 2002-01-17 2003-12-02 Trw Inc. Passive function control system for a motor vehicle
US20040018800A1 (en) * 2002-07-24 2004-01-29 Caiozza Joseph C. Remote control apparatus
JP2004064418A (en) 2002-07-29 2004-02-26 Ntt Docomo Inc Wireless communication system, cellular phone, and executable program by cellular phone
US20040077284A1 (en) * 2002-01-31 2004-04-22 Bonilla Victor G. Apparatus system and method for adapting a scaled vehicle remote controller for use with an enhanced controller
US20040091102A1 (en) 2002-11-13 2004-05-13 Wen-Feng Tsay Mobile phone hand-free holder
US6741684B2 (en) 2001-06-26 2004-05-25 Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Interactive TV using remote control with built-in phone
WO2004052484A2 (en) 2002-12-06 2004-06-24 Hornby Hobbies Limited Toy system
US6785567B2 (en) 2001-10-26 2004-08-31 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Radio device holder including device locking member and tray having tray locking member
US20040179678A1 (en) 2003-03-14 2004-09-16 Hsiu-Chu Hsu Li Cradle for supporting various portable phones
US20040179469A1 (en) 2003-03-13 2004-09-16 Attar Rashid Ahmed Method and system for a data transmission in a communication system
US20050048918A1 (en) 2003-08-29 2005-03-03 Onami, Llc Radio controller system and method for remote devices
US20050088275A1 (en) 2002-02-11 2005-04-28 Francis Valoteau Method for matching bidirectional objects
US20050168373A1 (en) 2002-02-20 2005-08-04 Nikko Co., Ltd. Wireless control transmitter
US20050236536A1 (en) 2004-04-27 2005-10-27 Eagle Fan Electronic appliance holding device
US6959899B2 (en) 2003-03-21 2005-11-01 Ta Kuang Yeh Attachment assembly for personal digital assistant
US20060113428A1 (en) 2004-11-26 2006-06-01 Choi Kei F Programmable flying object
US20060145039A1 (en) 2004-11-24 2006-07-06 Shawver Michael J Universal modular docking platform for portable device
US7080812B2 (en) 2004-01-17 2006-07-25 Belkin Corporation Holding device for holding a portable object, and method of manufacturing same
US20060183405A1 (en) 2005-02-15 2006-08-17 Mathews David K System for monitoring operation of a toy vehicle
EP1736948A1 (en) 2005-06-21 2006-12-27 Mitac Technology Corp. Apparatus and method for remotely controlling an appliance using a touch screen
US20060293102A1 (en) * 2005-06-23 2006-12-28 Kelsey Jeremy J Wireless controller for a remote control toy with a hand-held game player function
US7158092B2 (en) 2005-01-31 2007-01-02 Vincent Shen Cellular phone holder
US20070001805A1 (en) 2005-07-01 2007-01-04 Utter Thomas E Multiple vehicle authentication for entry and starting systems
US7174518B2 (en) 2001-10-11 2007-02-06 Lg Electronics Inc. Remote control method having GUI function, and system using the same
US20070035412A1 (en) 2005-08-12 2007-02-15 Dvorak Joseph L Application of profiles in a wireless device to control a remote control apparatus
US7224262B2 (en) 2004-09-21 2007-05-29 Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft Wireless vehicle control system and method
US7231294B2 (en) 2003-10-23 2007-06-12 International Business Machines Corporation Navigating a UAV
US7233844B2 (en) 2004-03-22 2007-06-19 General Electric Company Locomotive remote control system with diagnostic display
US7268664B2 (en) 2001-09-03 2007-09-11 Hitachi, Ltd. Remote control system, on-vehicle equipment and remote control method
US20070262223A1 (en) 2006-05-15 2007-11-15 Leland Wang Clamping device
US7307573B2 (en) 2004-08-31 2007-12-11 Ohsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Remote control system and information process system
US20070284500A1 (en) 2006-06-13 2007-12-13 Eagle Fan Holding Device For Electronic Apparatus
US20070293124A1 (en) * 2006-06-14 2007-12-20 Motorola, Inc. Method and system for controlling a remote controlled vehicle using two-way communication
US7391320B1 (en) 2005-04-01 2008-06-24 Horizon Hobby, Inc. Method and system for controlling radio controlled devices
US7407143B1 (en) 2007-06-12 2008-08-05 Supa Technology Co., Ltd. Communication device holder for vehicles
US7418097B2 (en) 2004-12-15 2008-08-26 Ta Shuo Chang Portable electronic device clamp
EP1973313A1 (en) 2007-03-23 2008-09-24 Henryk Bury Mielec Sp.zo.o. Mobile phone holder, especially for a mechanical vehicle
US20080285628A1 (en) * 2007-05-17 2008-11-20 Gizis Alexander C Communications systems and methods for remotely controlled vehicles
US7486193B2 (en) 2006-02-06 2009-02-03 Cooper Technologies Company Occupancy sensor network
DE102007038666A1 (en) 2007-08-15 2009-02-19 Tobias Scharfenberg Miniature Bluetooth or wireless local area network telemetry receiver component for controlling and evaluating remote controlled toy model, has function key externally operated over aperture and illuminated indicator
JP2009177767A (en) 2007-12-27 2009-08-06 Tokai Rika Co Ltd Channel selection communication system
US20090195407A1 (en) 2008-02-04 2009-08-06 Sony Corporation Remote controlling apparatus, reception apparatus, and remote control method
US20090262002A1 (en) 2008-03-18 2009-10-22 Tetracam, Inc. Method and apparatus for communication between a remote device and an operator
US7614595B2 (en) 2005-01-03 2009-11-10 Harald Richter Mobile telephone/PDA holder mechanism with adjustable engagement side jaws
US20090294617A1 (en) 2008-05-30 2009-12-03 Acco Brands Usa Llc Gripping mechanism for gripping portable object
US7681194B2 (en) 1998-12-21 2010-03-16 Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Clustering of task-associated objects for effecting tasks among a system and its environmental devices
WO2010042219A2 (en) 2008-10-10 2010-04-15 Digital Optics International, Llc Distributed lighting control system
US7828259B2 (en) 2007-01-15 2010-11-09 Lite-On Technology Corp. Electronic device holder
EP2296122A2 (en) 2009-09-10 2011-03-16 Traxxas LP Establishing a link with a radio transmit controller
US7967262B2 (en) 2007-12-31 2011-06-28 Harman International Industries, Incorporated Portable electronic device mount
EP2384796A1 (en) 2010-05-05 2011-11-09 Traxxas LP Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller
US20110288696A1 (en) 2008-11-27 2011-11-24 Parrot Device for piloting a drone
US20120015686A1 (en) * 2010-07-16 2012-01-19 Ari Krupnik Methods and apparatus for leveraging a mobile phone or mobile computing device for use in controlling model vehicles
EP2416049A2 (en) 2010-08-02 2012-02-08 Ming-Hsien Huang Holding apparatus
US8138894B2 (en) 2007-01-17 2012-03-20 Denso Corporation Vehicle control system and method, and component devices
US8262070B2 (en) 2009-05-25 2012-09-11 Comart Corporation Clamping device with a linking member
US8282063B2 (en) 2009-01-20 2012-10-09 Htc Corporation Holder
US8376301B2 (en) 2011-03-16 2013-02-19 Eagle Fan Apparatus for holding portable devices
US8405974B2 (en) 2010-05-11 2013-03-26 Psion Inc. Docking cradle
US8500080B2 (en) 2010-04-27 2013-08-06 Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. Rod securing device

Family Cites Families (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
JP2594808Y2 (en) * 1990-03-13 1999-05-10 三和電子機器株式会社 Radio control transmitter
JPH0767507B2 (en) * 1993-05-31 1995-07-26 双葉電子工業株式会社 Adjusting device of the radio control transmitter
JP2003316435A (en) * 2002-04-23 2003-11-07 Sharp Corp Remote operating object system, remote operating apparatus, object to be operated, remote operating method and computer software
US8421602B2 (en) * 2006-09-13 2013-04-16 Savant Systems, Llc Remote control unit for a programmable multimedia controller
US20080172611A1 (en) * 2007-01-12 2008-07-17 Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ab Three-dimensional content-navigation systems and terminals incorporating the same

Patent Citations (83)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5121863A (en) 1989-02-03 1992-06-16 Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd. Rack for telephone hand set
JPH0586759A (en) 1991-03-15 1993-04-06 Delco Electronics Corp Device for accessing a plurality of codes
US5252965A (en) 1991-03-15 1993-10-12 Delco Electronics Corporation Changing one of many access codes upon removal of ignition key
JPH05106376A (en) 1991-10-17 1993-04-27 Nissan Motor Co Ltd Keyless entry system
US5438936A (en) 1993-11-19 1995-08-08 Wang; Chin-Yang Clamping table for automobiles
US5457745A (en) 1994-07-11 1995-10-10 Wang; Chin-Yang Adjustable mobile phone holder
US5555302A (en) 1995-07-18 1996-09-10 Wang; Chin-Yang Mobile telephone holder
US5788202A (en) 1996-05-28 1998-08-04 Richter; Herbert Support device for supporting objects
US5903645A (en) 1996-10-23 1999-05-11 Tsay; Wen-Feng Clamping device for mobile phones
US6229891B1 (en) 1997-01-03 2001-05-08 E. Lead Electronic Co., Ltd. Universal handsfree set seat
US5787168A (en) 1997-02-12 1998-07-28 Lien; Wan-Yin Mobile telephone fastening with vibration function
US5937065A (en) 1997-04-07 1999-08-10 Eaton Corporation Keyless motor vehicle entry and ignition system
US5836563A (en) 1997-09-12 1998-11-17 Hsin-Yung; Tao Mobile phone holder
US6127941A (en) 1998-02-03 2000-10-03 Sony Corporation Remote control device with a graphical user interface
US7681194B2 (en) 1998-12-21 2010-03-16 Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Clustering of task-associated objects for effecting tasks among a system and its environmental devices
US20010042631A1 (en) 1998-12-30 2001-11-22 Carrier David A. Dual-mode non-isolated corded system for transportable cordless power tools
US6293798B1 (en) * 1999-11-10 2001-09-25 Skyline Products System and method for an RC controller and software
US20030148703A1 (en) 2001-05-03 2003-08-07 Xxap Design, Inc. Systems and methods for radio control and operation of a miniature toy vehicle including interchangeable bodies
JP2002345050A (en) 2001-05-15 2002-11-29 Funai Electric Co Ltd Remote controller
US20020187726A1 (en) 2001-06-06 2002-12-12 Konami Corporation Toy system
US6741684B2 (en) 2001-06-26 2004-05-25 Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Interactive TV using remote control with built-in phone
US7268664B2 (en) 2001-09-03 2007-09-11 Hitachi, Ltd. Remote control system, on-vehicle equipment and remote control method
US7174518B2 (en) 2001-10-11 2007-02-06 Lg Electronics Inc. Remote control method having GUI function, and system using the same
US6785567B2 (en) 2001-10-26 2004-08-31 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Radio device holder including device locking member and tray having tray locking member
US6658328B1 (en) 2002-01-17 2003-12-02 Trw Inc. Passive function control system for a motor vehicle
US20040077284A1 (en) * 2002-01-31 2004-04-22 Bonilla Victor G. Apparatus system and method for adapting a scaled vehicle remote controller for use with an enhanced controller
US20050088275A1 (en) 2002-02-11 2005-04-28 Francis Valoteau Method for matching bidirectional objects
US20050168373A1 (en) 2002-02-20 2005-08-04 Nikko Co., Ltd. Wireless control transmitter
US20040018800A1 (en) * 2002-07-24 2004-01-29 Caiozza Joseph C. Remote control apparatus
JP2004064418A (en) 2002-07-29 2004-02-26 Ntt Docomo Inc Wireless communication system, cellular phone, and executable program by cellular phone
US6944294B2 (en) 2002-11-13 2005-09-13 Wen-Feng Tsay Mobile phone hand-free holder
US20040091102A1 (en) 2002-11-13 2004-05-13 Wen-Feng Tsay Mobile phone hand-free holder
WO2004052484A2 (en) 2002-12-06 2004-06-24 Hornby Hobbies Limited Toy system
US20040179469A1 (en) 2003-03-13 2004-09-16 Attar Rashid Ahmed Method and system for a data transmission in a communication system
US20040179678A1 (en) 2003-03-14 2004-09-16 Hsiu-Chu Hsu Li Cradle for supporting various portable phones
US6959899B2 (en) 2003-03-21 2005-11-01 Ta Kuang Yeh Attachment assembly for personal digital assistant
US20050048918A1 (en) 2003-08-29 2005-03-03 Onami, Llc Radio controller system and method for remote devices
US7231294B2 (en) 2003-10-23 2007-06-12 International Business Machines Corporation Navigating a UAV
US7080812B2 (en) 2004-01-17 2006-07-25 Belkin Corporation Holding device for holding a portable object, and method of manufacturing same
US7233844B2 (en) 2004-03-22 2007-06-19 General Electric Company Locomotive remote control system with diagnostic display
US20050236536A1 (en) 2004-04-27 2005-10-27 Eagle Fan Electronic appliance holding device
US7307573B2 (en) 2004-08-31 2007-12-11 Ohsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Remote control system and information process system
US7224262B2 (en) 2004-09-21 2007-05-29 Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft Wireless vehicle control system and method
US20060145039A1 (en) 2004-11-24 2006-07-06 Shawver Michael J Universal modular docking platform for portable device
US20060113428A1 (en) 2004-11-26 2006-06-01 Choi Kei F Programmable flying object
US7418097B2 (en) 2004-12-15 2008-08-26 Ta Shuo Chang Portable electronic device clamp
US7614595B2 (en) 2005-01-03 2009-11-10 Harald Richter Mobile telephone/PDA holder mechanism with adjustable engagement side jaws
US7158092B2 (en) 2005-01-31 2007-01-02 Vincent Shen Cellular phone holder
US20060183405A1 (en) 2005-02-15 2006-08-17 Mathews David K System for monitoring operation of a toy vehicle
US7391320B1 (en) 2005-04-01 2008-06-24 Horizon Hobby, Inc. Method and system for controlling radio controlled devices
EP1736948A1 (en) 2005-06-21 2006-12-27 Mitac Technology Corp. Apparatus and method for remotely controlling an appliance using a touch screen
US20060293102A1 (en) * 2005-06-23 2006-12-28 Kelsey Jeremy J Wireless controller for a remote control toy with a hand-held game player function
US20070001805A1 (en) 2005-07-01 2007-01-04 Utter Thomas E Multiple vehicle authentication for entry and starting systems
US20070035412A1 (en) 2005-08-12 2007-02-15 Dvorak Joseph L Application of profiles in a wireless device to control a remote control apparatus
US7486193B2 (en) 2006-02-06 2009-02-03 Cooper Technologies Company Occupancy sensor network
US20070262223A1 (en) 2006-05-15 2007-11-15 Leland Wang Clamping device
US20070284500A1 (en) 2006-06-13 2007-12-13 Eagle Fan Holding Device For Electronic Apparatus
US7537190B2 (en) 2006-06-13 2009-05-26 Eagle Fan Holding device for electronic apparatus
US20070293124A1 (en) * 2006-06-14 2007-12-20 Motorola, Inc. Method and system for controlling a remote controlled vehicle using two-way communication
US7828259B2 (en) 2007-01-15 2010-11-09 Lite-On Technology Corp. Electronic device holder
US8138894B2 (en) 2007-01-17 2012-03-20 Denso Corporation Vehicle control system and method, and component devices
EP1973313A1 (en) 2007-03-23 2008-09-24 Henryk Bury Mielec Sp.zo.o. Mobile phone holder, especially for a mechanical vehicle
US20080285628A1 (en) * 2007-05-17 2008-11-20 Gizis Alexander C Communications systems and methods for remotely controlled vehicles
US7407143B1 (en) 2007-06-12 2008-08-05 Supa Technology Co., Ltd. Communication device holder for vehicles
DE102007038666A1 (en) 2007-08-15 2009-02-19 Tobias Scharfenberg Miniature Bluetooth or wireless local area network telemetry receiver component for controlling and evaluating remote controlled toy model, has function key externally operated over aperture and illuminated indicator
JP2009177767A (en) 2007-12-27 2009-08-06 Tokai Rika Co Ltd Channel selection communication system
US7967262B2 (en) 2007-12-31 2011-06-28 Harman International Industries, Incorporated Portable electronic device mount
CN101505380A (en) 2008-02-04 2009-08-12 索尼株式会社 Remote controlling apparatus, reception apparatus, and remote control method
US20090195407A1 (en) 2008-02-04 2009-08-06 Sony Corporation Remote controlling apparatus, reception apparatus, and remote control method
US20090262002A1 (en) 2008-03-18 2009-10-22 Tetracam, Inc. Method and apparatus for communication between a remote device and an operator
US20090294617A1 (en) 2008-05-30 2009-12-03 Acco Brands Usa Llc Gripping mechanism for gripping portable object
WO2010042219A2 (en) 2008-10-10 2010-04-15 Digital Optics International, Llc Distributed lighting control system
US20110288696A1 (en) 2008-11-27 2011-11-24 Parrot Device for piloting a drone
US8282063B2 (en) 2009-01-20 2012-10-09 Htc Corporation Holder
US8262070B2 (en) 2009-05-25 2012-09-11 Comart Corporation Clamping device with a linking member
EP2296122A2 (en) 2009-09-10 2011-03-16 Traxxas LP Establishing a link with a radio transmit controller
US8500080B2 (en) 2010-04-27 2013-08-06 Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. Rod securing device
EP2384796A1 (en) 2010-05-05 2011-11-09 Traxxas LP Auxiliary user interface for a transmit controller
US8405974B2 (en) 2010-05-11 2013-03-26 Psion Inc. Docking cradle
US20120015686A1 (en) * 2010-07-16 2012-01-19 Ari Krupnik Methods and apparatus for leveraging a mobile phone or mobile computing device for use in controlling model vehicles
US8240628B2 (en) 2010-08-02 2012-08-14 Ming-Hsien Huang Holding apparatus
EP2416049A2 (en) 2010-08-02 2012-02-08 Ming-Hsien Huang Holding apparatus
US8376301B2 (en) 2011-03-16 2013-02-19 Eagle Fan Apparatus for holding portable devices

Non-Patent Citations (36)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Title
"JR Data Transfer How to: . . . Set Up Dual Aileron and Elevator"; Transcript of video presented by Horizon Hobby Aug. 29, 2008 at http://www.horizonhobby.com/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleID=1827.
Booker, Jim; "The JR Data Transfer Program Makes Model Setup Easy"; Horizon Hobby; Aug. 29, 2008; http://www.horizonhobby.com/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleID=1827.
Booker, Jim; "The JR Data Transfer Program Makes Model Setup Easy"; Horizon Hobby; Aug. 29, 2008; http://www.jrradios.com/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleID=1827.
Eagle Tree Systems; "Instruction Manual for the USB Flight Data Recorder, ver. 1.01"; Eagle Tree Systems, Bellevue WA; Jun. 21, 2003.
Eagle Tree Systems; "Instruction Manual for the USB Flight Data Recorder, ver. 3.9"; Eagle Tree Systems, Bellevue WA; Jan. 15, 2010.
Eagle Tree Systems; "Preliminary Information for the Seagull Wireless Telemetry System"; Eagle Tree Systems, Bellevue WA; Aug. 12, 2004; http://web.archive.org/web/20040812123921/http://eagletreesystems.com/News/news.html.
Eagle Tree Systems; "Wireless Telemetry and Advanced Data Recording for Model Cars/Trucks"; Eagle Tree Systems, Bellevue WA; Jul. 10, 2004; http://www.eagletreesystems.com/Car/car.html.
European Search Report; EP Appl'n No. 11164210.4; Sep. 19, 2011.
Futaba; "12FG 12-Channel Computer Systems" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, May 2007.
Futaba; "14MZ 14-Channel Computer Systems" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, May 2008.
Futaba; "3GR-2.4GHz System" manual; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2007.
Futaba; "3PM w/2.4GHz FASST System" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, May 2007; www.2.4gigahertz.com.
Futaba; "3PM-2.4GHz System" manual; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2007.
Futaba; "3PM-X 3-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Computer System" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, Hobbico Inc. May 2009.
Futaba; "4PK 4-Channel Computer Systems" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, May 2007.
Futaba; "4PK-2.4GHz System" manual; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2008.
Futaba; "6EX w/2.4GHz FASST System" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, May 2007.
Futaba; "6EX-2.4GHz Instruction Manual"; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2007.
Futaba; "7C 7-Channel FASST Computer System" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, May 2007.
Futaba; "7C-2.4GHz Instruction Manual"; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2007.
Futaba; "FASST 2.4GHz Module & R603FS Receiver" brochure; Great Planes Model Distr. Co., Champaign IL, May 2006.
Futaba; "FASST Air System TM-14 RF Module and R6014FS Receiver Instruction Manual"; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2007.
Futaba; "FASST Air System TM-7 RF Module and R607FS Receiver Instruction Manual"; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2007.
Futaba; "FASST Air System TM-8 RF Module and R608FS Receiver Instruction Manual"; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2008.
Futaba; "Futaba 2.4GHz FASST System Features"; May 2007 Hobbico Inc.; http://2.4gigahertz.com/features/features.html.
Futaba; "Futaba Model Data Converter" manual; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2008.
Futaba; "Manual Changes-Instruction Manual-Throttle-cut function"; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2008.
Futaba; "Manual Changes—Instruction Manual—Throttle-cut function"; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2008.
Futaba; "R6004FF" receiver manual; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2008.
Futaba; 10CAP/10CHP/10CP 10-Channel Radio Control System Instruction Manual; Futaba Corp., Japan, May 2008.
Horizon Hobby; "JR PC Data Transfer Instruction Manual"; Horizon Hobby Inc., Champaign IL; Aug. 2008.
Horizon Hobby; "PC Data Transfer by JR"; Aug. 2008; http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=JRPA310#quickOverview.
Parry, Bill; "Clip-on Wireless Telemetry from Eagle Tree Systems!", message posted Apr. 27, 2004 by ‘billpa’, "Bill From Eagle Tree Systems here, . . . "; http://forums.radiocontrolzone.com/showthread.php?t=165955.
Parry, Bill; "Clip-on Wireless Telemetry from Eagle Tree Systems!", message posted Apr. 27, 2004 by 'billpa', "Bill From Eagle Tree Systems here, . . . "; http://forums.radiocontrolzone.com/showthread.php?t=165955.
Spektrum RC; "ModelMatch"; Horizon Hobby Inc., Champaign IL; Oct. 2009; http://www.spektrumrc.com/DSM/Technology/modelmatch.aspx.
Spektrum; "3-Channel, 4-Model Memory DSM Racing System" instruction manual; Horizon Hobby Inc., Champaign lL; Oct. 2009.

Cited By (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20140053094A1 (en) * 2012-08-17 2014-02-20 Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen Gmbh Electronic control and display unit
US20140053092A1 (en) * 2012-08-17 2014-02-20 Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen Gmbh Electronic control and display unit

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
KR20110122792A (en) 2011-11-11 application
JP5944625B2 (en) 2016-07-05 grant
CN102360184B (en) 2015-08-26 grant
CA2738946A1 (en) 2011-11-10 application
EP2384796B1 (en) 2013-09-25 grant
CN102360184A (en) 2012-02-22 application
US20110275274A1 (en) 2011-11-10 application
EP2384796A1 (en) 2011-11-09 application
CA2738946C (en) 2017-07-11 grant
JP2011235099A (en) 2011-11-24 application

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US7775884B1 (en) Game controller steering wheel and methods therefor
US20110053506A1 (en) Methods and Devices for Controlling Particular User Interface Functions of a Mobile Communication Device in a Vehicle
US20110265003A1 (en) Pushing a user interface to a remote device
US20080015717A1 (en) Auxiliary power adapter having device controls
US20110273475A1 (en) Methods and systems for providing sensory information to devices and peripherals
US20060238439A1 (en) State-based auxiliary display operation
US20070156364A1 (en) Light activated hold switch
US20040235566A1 (en) Video game controller with integrated video display
US20090284476A1 (en) Pushing a user interface to a remote device
US20090212979A1 (en) Glove-based input device
US8217893B2 (en) Inertial sensor-based pointing device with removable transceiver
JP2004313492A (en) Controller for video game machine
US20080155415A1 (en) Device and method for providing haptic user interface in mobile terminal
US20070139373A1 (en) Wireless handheld device and method with remote gui control
US20120192113A1 (en) Portable electronic device
US20120062370A1 (en) Control System for Augmenting a Portable Touch Screen Device
US8142287B2 (en) Universal controller for toys and games
US20070015577A1 (en) Joypad with a display unit
US20110199295A1 (en) Human Interface Input Acceleration System
US20110128446A1 (en) Car audio/video terminal system having user interface linkable with portable device and method for linking the same
CN102736853A (en) Screen unlocking method, screen locking method and terminal
US7248867B2 (en) Locking/unlocking a portable electronic device
US7652660B2 (en) Mobile device customizer
US20090053997A1 (en) Dynamic user interface for displaying connection status and method thereof
US20100064255A1 (en) Contextual menus in an electronic device

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: TRAXXAS LP, TEXAS

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:DEWITT, GARY M.;SHIRLEY, BRAD;SINGULARITY INCORPORATED;AND OTHERS;SIGNING DATES FROM 20100806 TO 20100809;REEL/FRAME:024842/0731

CC Certificate of correction